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Don McPhee

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    Professional Photographer, golf and of course I LOVE 2Channel Audio
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    Primaluna Integrated Dialogue HP, Klipsch Klischorns, Turntable- Marantz TT 15S1, DAC by Schitt, all cables by Blue Jean, Headphones Hi-Fi Man HE400I.

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  1. SO I'm having the backs enclosed on my 1978 Klipschorns. BTW...I'm adding the enclosure panels to the rear, not to the inside of top and bottom plate so as not to decrease horn volume. Now I've noticed that the new offerings from Klipsch have what appears to be a 3" riser. Was this done to elevate tweeter height to optimize the listeners experience or because.....?????? Tweeter stock, measures 50" from floor which is well above natural tweeter height for most speakers. Assuming there is another reason for the riser, does the riser have an affect on bass production? Riser should be pretty easy to make up just not sure if this is a mod that I should move forward with. Cheers Don
  2. Considering a sub to fill in the BOTTOM end. My concern is will I have an issue with signal overlap with a long bass horn on the K-horn and virtually a straight short signal from a subwoofer? Any suggestion on make and model of sub that works best with Khorns? Cheers Don
  3. Wondering who out there has this set up, the regular or the HP. I have this combo and am curious what others have experienced sonically. What tubes are you running, how are your highs, how are your mids and hows the bottom end. I will with-hold my comments until after we have some feedback so I dont influence one way or another. Cheers Don
  4. For sale Quicksilver Integrated amp. Mint condition, very clean and sexy to look at, very low hours and It's made right here in the U.S.A. Sonically, a very well balanced sound, sweet sweet midrange with extended highs and plenty of bass. I normally would not consider selling this but have an opportunity to buy back my Primaluna that I sold a few months back. I have the original box, and all paperwork that came with it new. Please feel free to message me here or call me at 623-889-1327. $1500 obo Cheers Don
  5. Yes I did. Long story short right after I got the QS the guy I sold my Primaluna Integrated HP to 4 months ago when I needed money for an emergency asked me if I wanted it back as he has developed a serious hearing issue with one of his ears and his audiophile days are over according to him..Being I almost gave that amp away when I sold it to him I'd be a fool not to ****** it back.>SO the QS is going up for sale. The QS sounds great, no issues at all. Well balanced all around...the midrange is SWEET!!! Cheers Don
  6. Some really interesting info from your responses...Thank you. For now I decided to go with Quicksilver. I found a QS Integrated like new on USAudio and decided to try it out. I have heard nothing but rave reviews and not a bad word anywhere regarding QS, the man that owns it and the Integrated amp. It puts out 20wpc so I'm definitely covered in those moments where I want to rock hard!! I'm very anxious to give the Integrated a spin as I have never had an amp with EL84's though I have been told to expect a sweet midrange with plenty bottom end and smooth highs. By the way...after waiting what seems like 6 months, LOL... I finally picked up my Klipschorns last night. To say the least I am elated. They are almost like new and sound amazing. I get the QS Integrated on Monday and will hook her up and I think I am going to listen to music for the next few months before I consider a new crossover from Dean and upgrading to mid driver to 55G and tweeter to 120. Cheers all!!! Don
  7. Don't know much about circuits but he runs 8 EL84's, 4 per side and with however he puts it together Im told it is a solid 20wpc. CheersDon
  8. Some really interesting info from your responses...Thank you. For now I decided to go with Quicksilver. I found a QS Integrated like new on USAudio and decided to try it out. I have heard nothing but rave reviews and not a bad word anywhere regarding QS, the man that owns it and the Integrated amp. It puts out 20wpc so I'm definitely covered in those moments where I want to rock hard!! I'm very anxious to give the Integrated a spin as I have never had an amp with EL84's though I have been told to expect a sweet midrange with plenty bottom end and smooth highs. By the way...after waiting what seems like 6 months, LOL... I finally picked up my Klipschorns last night. To say the least I am elated. They are almost like new and sound amazing. I get the QS Integrated on Monday and will hook her up and I think I am going to listen to music for the next few months before I consider a new crossover from Dean and upgrading to mid driver to 55G and tweeter to 120. Cheers all!!! Don
  9. Let me clarify with specifics....I am asking..How small of an amp can I use and still have plenty of headroom without clipping or distortion. My Room is 15x27...8ft ceilings with carpeting however I will be changing flooring to laminate or vinyl planks. I listen to mostly 70-80's rock and some newer rock and a bit of blues. My listening level is upper/moderate and at times I like to crank it but still leave the paint on the walls. Speakers will sit approx. 15 ft apart and Listening area 14-15 feet from each speaker. I have had a Primaluna Dialogue Integrated HP most recently with Goldenear Tritons. For the Khorns I have been considering a Scott 299C which I own but needs to go in for servicing and repair......Im really thinking of going this route first and see how everything unravels..Maybe I have a diamond in the rough????...Also looking at a Leben CS-300SX which is rated at 12w per. Ch. and Luxman SQ-Ni50 at 10w per Ch and Line Magnetic 211 ia which can switch between Ultralinear and Triode. 32 wpc Ultralinear and 15 wpc Triode. I guess I should consider solid state though I do love the warmth and beautiful midrange of el34 and el84....Any suggestions in the solid state arena under $3K? Cheers Don
  10. I've been trying to find out what is a safe minimum wattage requirement for Khorns. From dealers to end users to Klipsch themselves, the answers are all over the map. I know they are a very efficient speaker and under normal listening probably use a 1/2 watt of power. One rep. of Klipsch said the Khorns contrary to what I have heard are/were not made to pair with tube amps in particular and sound just as good with solid state (again contrary to what the majority says) and that I need 50-80 watts of power for good headroom. I thought that 10-12w would be plenty and give plenty of headroom. Any help would be appreciated Don
  11. So I am wanting to match up a tube type amp with Khorns. One Amp I'm looking at is a Luxman SQ-N150. This is from their web site: You’ll enjoy surpassingly detailed, open music reproduction thanks to the exceptional linearity of LUXMAN’s P-K split phase inversion circuit. We married an input stage of two JJ Electronic ECC83 miniature double triodes to a push-pull output with four JJ Electronic EL84 pentodes. And with our deep knowledge of tube design, we configured the SQ-N150 for consistent performance and long operating life. On paper, we rate power output at 10 Watts + 10 Watts at 6 ohms. In practice, the sound is fit for the most demanding listeners. Do ya'll think this is a decent match and has enough headroom? Cheers Don
  12. So I was reading a post here from a guy that was selling his Khorns and he commented that his current room in his new home would not accommodate the Khorns. He went on to say the corner spacing was 13 or 14 feet and at that distance they would not sound good at all!!....Yet I have seen some rooms that look like they are in the 11-14 feet range and have not heard negative comments regarding this....SO...What say you Khorn owners.....Will a room width of 12-14 feet provide the best sound that Khorns are capable of or do they need room width of 19ft??.. plus? Here is a quote from the seller: "I know I will miss them a lot but the reality is I will not have 2 corners far enough apart. I found 2 perfect corners but they are only 13ft apart and I have tried that distance before and to me you really need about 19 feet for the Khorns to sound their best. " Cheers
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